The World Twenty20 comes with English cricket in a state of flux following a disastrous Ashes tour.
The fallout from the 5-0 thrashing in Australia this winter past has already brought a premature end to Kevin Pietersen's international career and Andy Flower's reign as head coach.
Pietersen, one of the few England players with IPL experience, was man-of-the-tournament when they claimed their one and only global limited-overs title at the World T20 in the Caribbean in 2010.
England's form in the shortest version of the international game has been deteriorating almost since the moment Paul Collingwood hit the winning runs in the 2010 final in Barbados against Australia.
Their title defence in Sri Lanka two years ago ended with a whimper in the 'Super Eights' and England have lost five of their six T20 matches in 2014.
Limited-overs coach Ashley Giles' own future is uncertain beyond the tournament, although he is regarded as the front runner to replace Flower and a good showing would likely make his case irresistible.
The short-term addition of Collingwood as an assistant will hopefully prompt a much-needed improvement in the team's fielding.
Injuries have forced further disruption. Skipper Stuart Broad sat out the final two matches of the tour of West Indies due to a knee injury, while Joe Root and Ben Stokes were both ruled out of the squad by hand injuries and replaced by Ian Bell and Chris Woakes respectively.
Eoin Morgan's preference to bat outside the top three means Michael Lumb, Alex Hales and Luke Wright - all regarded as T20 specialists - will be tasked with attacking the new ball.
Morgan, Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara give a powerful look to the middle order and the theory is that Bell's skill against spin makes up for his lack of power and recent T20 experience.
The 'death' overs have proved troublesome for England's bowlers in limited-overs cricket recently, with particular criticism being a lack of yorkers from frontline seamers Broad, Tim Bresnan and Jade Dernbach.
Graeme Swann's retirement midway through the Ashes tour leaves James Tredwell as the premier white-ball spinner. There is no mystery about the Kent stalwart's bowling but his record for England is good and temperament well suited to T20.
Lancashire left-armer Stephen Parry was rewarded for some strong domestic performances over a number of years with a surprise call-up and Worcestershire batsman Moeen Ali - another uncapped player when the squad was named - can send down some flighted off-breaks when required.
Squad: Stuart Broad (c), Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Parry, Chris Woakes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright
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